Modern Accents: You can add some modern pieces like an interesting vase, chair, or abstract painting for some unexpected style. Shown here is a kitchen with copper accents we did in Sand’s Point, NY.
French Flair: Imagine hot baguettes coming out of the oven, French linens, and a touch of vintage enamelware or copper. Whether your aiming for a lavishly formal kitchen or one with country charm, try mixing a little old and new and maybe finding a great set of French bistro chairs like the ones in this Oyster Bay Cove, NY kitchen Ken designed.
Earthy & Natural: There are several ways you can bring an infusion of nature and earthiness to your kitchen design. Add exposed beams, natural stone and tile, and distressed wood to the design. When accessorizing, think wire baskets or wooden bowls filled with fresh vegetables or herb planters on your countertop or windowsill that offer flavorful seasonings right at your fingertips. Perhaps add some rustic lighting or grasscloth wallpaper. The cute herb pots are by Make International.
Art Glass: Notice how the art glass in the upper cabinets and on the countertops dramatically reflects the light and color. We installed puck lights to make the colors glow inside the cabinets — an especially beautiful effect at night. Art glass selections by Lundberg, Seguso, and La Rochere. This English style kitchen is in Oyster Bay, NY designed by Ken Kelly, CKD, CBD, CR.
Retro Vibe: There are plenty of retro kitchen elements you can find to give your kitchen a bright, 50’s vibe. From colorful appliances to dining sets and countertop accessories, this look is sure to add a pop of personality to your space. Be sure to check out Smeg’s appliances if you’re going for this kind of look and add some funky fabric to those dining chairs! I took this photo last year in Milan – the cabinetry is by Marchi Group.
Make it Formal: If your kitchen style is formal, you can add sophisticated, stunning details during the design process. Think furniture-grade cabinetry, molding details, elegant lighting, glass doors, coffered ceilings, and a mixing of elements such as natural stone, glass, wood, metals, and fabulous hardware. Accessories like these from Arte Italica work well for this style.
Go for Color: Adding a splash of brilliant color can be an instant mood changer. Introduce it into your kitchen accessories, fabrics, walls, cabinetry, countertops, or backsplashes. Paint the walls, add a new rug or swap out the draperies for a whole new look. Accessories by Two’s Company. For more color inspiration, have a look at our prior post: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen
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